A year ago, we became friends of the zoo and ever since then we have been to the Singapore Zoological Gardens multiple times. These trips are a lot more enjoyable knowing that we don’t have to cover the entire zoo if we didn’t have time. And it was often at a whim whenever we decided to visit.
Unlike earlier when we didn’t have the zoo passes, we would make sure that we cover as many attractions and shows as possible and ended up tiring all 3 of us. Now, we visit a different enclosure or show each time we are there and we try to spend more time at each exhibit.
There are some areas that Junior is particularly fond of, the giraffe enclosure because he gets to feed the giraffes, the elephants show and the Children’s Playground where he gets to feed the goats.
Personally, I have been to a couple of Zoos around the world and honestly, none of them come close to the Singapore Zoological Gardens. We have a wide range of different animals from various regions (polar bear, say wud!!!) and hardly do we only see one animal in their enclosure. Our zoo is extremely accessible even by public transport and plenty of food options. We have been to the Zoo when it rained as well, and while about 70% of the Zoo is unsheltered, there are also plenty of areas where you can rest, stay dry and take a breather. If you are tired or lazy to walk, feel free to jump onto the tram (with a minimal fee of course) and take in the sights and the sound. If like us, you are friends of the Zoo, you get unlimited rides on the tram on weekdays.
Within the Zoo vicinity, there is also the River Safari where river animals/mammals are featured and Night Safari for nocturnal animals. What I really liked about Singapore Zoo is also the various themes/events they come up with periodically. This keep things fresh and interesting for the little ones. Occasionally, there are also interactive and hands-on play for the kids to get involve and excited.
The only thing I thought the Zoo could do better is the food options. I have to admit, we haven’t been exploring the food places within the Zoo much and that is because the food options are usually overpriced or that it’s nothing appealing. We have been patronizing KFC which frankly is not the best option for Junior. So we often have lunch first before we head to the zoo and end off with KFC as a snack.
Here’s how you can also be friends of the Zoo, membership is per annum:
Adult (13 years & above) – $79
Child (3 -12 years old)/Senior/Caretaker – $39
Family Package of 2 Adults & 1 Child – $179
Visit the Wild Life Reserve website for more information.
Park Opening Hours: 8.30am to 6pm with the last entry being 5.30pm.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road
Our passes will be expiring soon, so we are definitely re-looking on the option of renewal.